The WWE landscape dramatically changed following the 2016 WWE Draft on July 19 as SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon, SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan, Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon and Raw General Manager Mick Foley selected WWE Superstars to come to their respective brands. For Paige and Alberto Del Rio, this also meant a dramatic change in both their professional and personal lives.
With the No. 29 overall pick in the Draft, Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan selected Del Rio to SmackDown LIVE. Then, with the No. 35 overall pick, Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley drafted Paige to Raw.
During WWE’s coverage of the Draft on the WWE Network, Del Rio appeared very unhappy about being moved to SmackDown LIVE during an interview with Greg Hamilton reacting to the news. Booker T, who was working as a panelist on WWE Draft Center Live, later made a few remarks about Paige likely being upset about being drafted to Raw. While many fans assumed that Booker had insinuated that Paige was upset about being split from Del Rio, he blamed her anger on being selected late in the Draft.
Rumors then began circulating that the two might have split up as some fans noticed the day after the WWE Draft that Paige had deleted all photos of Del Rio from her Instagram account. The Total Divas star has in the past deleted Instagram photos following a break up with a boyfriend, as she did with musician Kevin Skaff.
To add even more confusion, some fans also noticed that Paige began following Skaff again on Instagram! Not only that, but Paige then reposted photos of Del Rio on Instagram — a shot of the two in a parking lot, and Del Rio in India.
“These were deleted from my Instagram for some reason so I’m reposting,” she claimed three days after the WWE Draft. “I’ll be rewriting the captions too suckers when I finish my travel day ya hearrrr.”
I like seeing these photos. They make me smile. In a world full of hate and doubters, you always have that one person that helps you continue to smile. Continue to love, continue on and to tell the haters and doubters I found that. So here’s another cheesy pic on Instagram for ya.
So proud of everything he is doing in India. Over 24hrs on a flight and has been non stop ever since! Literally going on hardly any sleep and doesn’t stop working hard and smiling. It’s inspiring to see and inspires me to be better. He pulls on my heart strings like no one else ever could. I love you Papi. Can’t wait to see you home. San Antonio isn’t the same without you.. Dear India.. Can I have him home now. Bring him back to me I miss him too much ❤️
To really put the rumor to rest, Paige tweeted this photo and romantic message the very next week.
The last few days I’ve felt the happiest I’ve ever felt. I feel healthy. I feel content. I feel confident and that I can do so much in this world. I got motivated back into the gym again (because c’mon guys I looked like I was slacking haha!) I wanna work harder to achieve my future dreams and goals. And current dreams and goals. And it’s all thanks to this man. Without this man picking me up and telling me everything is ok I don’t know where I’d be. He deserves all the happiness in the world. My best friend. Mi amor. Always gonna need you in my life. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me.
(I’ll add this bad boy to Instagram when the stupid app finally works. Haha)
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